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Photos Chosen as Judges’ Favorites in 2022 ‘Life on Lake Erie’ Photo Contest

September 21, 2022

Out of 151 photographs submitted by amateur photographers, 10 were recognized as judges’ favorites in the annual Life on Lake Erie photo contest. Each of the winning photographers were recognized during the Ohio Lake Erie Commission’s (OLEC) Sept. 21 meeting. This year’s photos feature the variety of places and life that reflect Ohio’s Lake Erie. The winning photos can be found at the OLEC website, www.lakeerie.ohio.gov.

“Congratulations to the 2022 Life on Lake Erie photo contest winners,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “The Life on Lake Erie photo contest has brought out the skills of amateur photographers who captured the many reasons why residents and visitors come to enjoy Ohio’s great lake.”

OLEC sponsors the contest annually to encourage amateur photographers to share their pictures capturing the life on Lake Erie. This is the 30th year for the photo contest and aligns with the Ohio Lake Erie Commission’s 30th anniversary. This year, prizes providing Lake Erie experiences were presented to the top award winners provided by OLEC partners.

The photo contest aims to convey the “Life on Lake Erie” message of day-to-day lives of the people, plants, and animals that live and thrive in the Lake Erie watershed. Winning photos can be viewed at the Riffe Gallery Lobby in Columbus from Nov. 15, 2022, through Jan. 6, 2023. Photos also may be featured at other Lake Erie partner venues, in various state publications, promotional materials, and through OLEC and other state agency social media outlets.

OLEC appreciates the photo submissions from the many individuals who shared their enjoyment of Lake Erie. OLEC is pleased to honor the 2022 photo winners.

Judges’ Favorites:

  • Grandkids at Main Street Beach, Teri Cassell, Marblehead
  • Bird’s Eye View, Michelle Wittensoldner, New Philadelphia
  • Hope on the Eventide, Kevin Dudley, Lewis Center
  • Lighthouse Waves, Doug Tayek, Shaker Heights
  • Frozen Beauty, Harikailash Gopalakrishnan, Hanover, Pa.

Winning Photos:

  • Crack in the Sky, Daryl Mummey, Willowick
  • Old Woman Creek, Scott Dommin, Vermilion
  • Sandusky Sunset, Stephanie Goeden, Stow
  • Perkins Sunrise, Kevin Dudley, Lewis Center
  • Toledo Harbor Lighthouse at Sunset, Kathy Jex, Toledo

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission was established for the purpose of preserving Lake Erie's natural resources, protecting the quality of its waters and ecosystem, and promoting economic development in the region. The director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) serves as the commission's chairman. Additional members include the directors of the state departments of Transportation, Health, Development Services, Agriculture, Natural Resources, and seven additional members of the public appointed by the governor.



For more information, contact:
Lynn Garrity, Ohio Lake Erie Commission
(614) 506-0619